The Glenwood girls cross country team had two runners in the top 12 to place fourth as a team at the Clarinda Invitational last Tuesday.
“It was a good night,” said Glenwood coach Brad Rasmussen. “The middle school set the tone, they ran well, and the varsity closed out the night with a good night of their own.”
Harlan was the meet champion with 61 team points to Griswold’s 79 points.
Glenwood finished with 107 points for fourth. Rasmussen pointed out his team edged fifth place Atlantic by 20 points. The Trojans, winner of the Ram Invite to open the season, are currently ranked 10th in the state.
“I’m not really into rankings this time of year but to beat a ranked team is nice,” said Rasmussen.
Carlie Cooper led the Rams with a sixth-place finish in a time of 16:56. Kayla Anderson followed that up with a time of 17:26 to place 12th.
Morgan Naughton placed 24th for Glenwood. Chelsea Webster was 26th, McKayla Nelson was 39th, Maggie Naughton was 42nd, and Caitlin Hohler placed 52nd.
Rasmussen said midway through the season he has yet to settle on his top seven runners, instead relying on a pool of 10 or11 runners between varsity and junior varsity.
“I used to like to trim that to a solid top seven,” said Rasmussen. “But I think its also good for varsity runners, especially in the back three or four, if that kind of changes. I think it keep those bottom runners hungry to do better to get those top spots and it encouraged those bottom three or four to work hard to hold those spots.”
Michaela Stanek was the junior varsity meet champion with a time of 18:01.
“It was nice to see her win. She’ll jump up to the varsity nicely for us,” said Rasmussen.
1. Harlan, 61. 2. Griswold, 79. 3. Gretna, 90. 4. Glenwood, 107. 5. Atlantic, 127. 6. Shenandoah-Essex, 144. 7. Corning, 166. 8. Winnetonka, 216. 9. Nebraska City, 328. 10.Bedford, 339. 11. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, 342. 12.Clarinda, 355. 13.Red Oak, 359.